Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) is delighted to confirm that BBC ALBA will be broadcasting four Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 matches during the rest of the 2018 season. As the growth of the game continues and the battle at the top of the table heats up, this announcement represents another exciting moment in the history of the game.
The four games that BBC ALBA will broadcast are to be confirmed, but the first match will be Forfar Farmington v Hibernian. This match will be played this Friday (7th September) at Station Park, Forfar, for a 19:35 KO.
The 2018 SWPL Cup Final was live on BBC ALBA and the Scottish Cup Final will broadcast as well. This takes the total number of domestic Scottish Women’s Football games that will be covered in 2018 by BBC ALBA to six. SWF and BBC ALBA have also announced that this will be a two year deal with SWF for six games per year, including the Scottish Women’s Cup Final and SWPL Final.
SWF Chair, Vivienne MacLaren, said: “This agreement is a huge sign of progress within the Scottish Women’s game. Making the game more visible is of vital importance to us as an organisation and this deal is another positive step. Having worked with BBC ALBA previously, we know the passion they have for our game and why we’re delighted to be a part of this agreement.
“It’s such an exciting time for the domestic game. To have matches being broadcast on a national platform is a testament to all those involved in the game, past and present, and secures a bright future for the next generation of girls’ and women’s footballers.”
Iseabail Mactaggart, MG ALBA Director of Strategy and Partnership said: “This is an exciting moment for the channel. In the 10 years of BBC ALBA we have demonstrated in other sports how a national free-to-air platform can showcase a growing sport, and at the same time introduce audiences – sometimes for the first time – to Gaelic.
“Scottish women’s football is at an extraordinarily exciting junction, and we are delighted to be working with the Scottish FA and SWF to create transformative partnerships which will be good for BBC ALBA’s audiences, but also fantastic for Scottish women’s football at domestic league and national level.
“We are also very pleased that with the BBC we will be able to broadcast live all of the Scottish national team’s Women’s World Cup games, should they qualify.”